Donald and Jeris Boyce Receive RIT’s Prestigious NRS Award

Former Oakfield, N.Y., residents honored for significant contributions to RIT

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Rochester Institute of Technology’s Nathaniel Rochester Society (NRS) has given its highest honor to Donald and Jeris Boyce.

The presentation of the 2008 NRS Award was made on July 24 during a ceremony at Locust Hill Country Club. The annual honor recognizes individuals who have contributed to the university’s advancement in an outstanding and significant manner.

The Boyces are members of RIT’s Ellingson Society, which celebrates individuals who create a legacy through planned giving to the university. They established the Donald N. and Jeris J. Boyce Endowed Scholarship in addition to supporting a variety of other campus projects. They are also members of the NRS Trustee’s Circle, which recognizes their extraordinary support of RIT.

Donald Boyce graduated from RIT in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He has served on the RIT Board of Trustees since 1999. Previously, he served as chair of RIT’s Presidential Search Committee, a member of the Hospitality and Service Management National Advisory Board, and assumed a leadership role in the Campaign for RIT, which concluded successfully in 2006. Boyce has been the recipient of RIT’s Outstanding Alumnus Award as well as the Distinguished Alumni Award in RIT’s College of Applied Science and Technology.

Prior to retiring in 2000, Boyce served as chair and CEO of IDEX Corp., a diversified manufacturing firm. He has been a board member of numerous publicly traded companies and is currently director of Muller Water Products in Atlanta.

Former residents of Oakfield, N.Y., the Boyces now reside in Illinois.

The mission of the Nathaniel Rochester Society is to develop friends and ambassadors to promote and support RIT. The NRS Award, established in 1972, has been permanently endowed through the generous gift of Mr. and Mrs. Marcus N. Barbour, charter members of the Society.

The NRS Award presentation piece is the creation of Leonard Urso, an internationally recognized, award-winning silversmith and the Mowris Mulligan Distinguished Professor in RIT’s School for American Crafts. The award, contemporary in design, embodies the timeless values of past, present and future.